Green Awards 2012

Queen’s celebrated the achievements and efforts of staff in helping the University to improve its environmental performance at the annual Green Awards.

During the past nine months, the University has reduced its electricity consumption by 5.3%. Staff have played a major role in this success through their participation in the Green Impact Scheme, which has resulted in the implementation of over 800 environmental actions across Queen’s.

Over 100 staff attended the Green Awards ceremony in the Great Hall during which the participating Schools and Directorates were presented with their certificates of accreditation by the Registrar and Chief Operating Officer, James O’Kane.

The School of Psychology, the Directorate of Academic and Student Affairs and the Purchasing Office achieved Gold accreditation, the highest level available as part of the scheme.

Six laboratories from the Schools of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering and Biological Sciences also received Gold accreditation.

Five teams achieved Silver: the Centre for Medical Education; Development and Alumni Relations Office; Estates Directorate; School of English; and School of History and Anthropology.

And 11 areas received Bronze: Accommodation and Hospitality; Communications and External Affairs; Information Services Directorate; Marketing and Creative Services; School of Education; School of Geography, Archaeology and Palaeoecology; School of Modern Languages; School of Sociology, Social Policy and Social Work; the Registrar's Office; Polymer Processing Research Centre – Administration; and the Vice-Chancellor's Office.

Picking up the Environmental Champion of the Year award was Trevor Sewell, the Laboratory Manager in the School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering. Trevor has been instrumental in helping his School reduce its energy consumption by 18% over the past nine months.

Trevor took the lead in setting up Green Impact Teams within the School and has also worked closely with the Estates Energy Efficiency team to review energy usage. Fume-hood and equipment usage were identified as major sources of energy consumption and, working with Estates, a number of projects to reduce this consumption were identified, including the installation of a trial scheme of motorised fume hood sashes with sensors, which close sashes automatically when not in use.

In the words of his Head of School, Professor Chris Hardacre, ‘The enthusiasm that he has shown has been exemplary and this has transferred to the others in the environmental team in the School.'

To view photographs from the Green Awards, click here.